A 3-month Training Program for Executives Seeking Their First Public Company Board Seat


Build critical skills and knowledge needed to secure your first board role, and make an impact from day one alongside seasoned directors.


Learn at your own pace, and in any location. Our online modules make learning flexible to fit your busy schedule.


Share challenges and best practices with other executives, and access exclusive research based on surveys of today’s public company directors.


Stand out when searching for a board seat. Receive the Director Qualified Certification from the American College of Corporate Directors.








3 months


8-10 hrs per month


As the leading source for education and continuous advancement for public company directors, the goal of Corporate Board Member Institute is to provide corporate leaders with the resources they need to make an impact in the boardroom and beyond. As an executive seeking your first public company board seat, building a foundational understanding of oversight responsibilities and challenges U.S. public company directors face is critical in developing immediate trust with stakeholders and adding value in the boardroom from day one.

Corporate Board Member Institute has curated a set of resources and training to assist individuals in developing an understanding of the requirements of public company board service. Participants can follow our recommended learning path or review resources at their own pace. During the 3-month program, participants will be invited to bi-monthly virtual roundtables with fellow participants and select veteran directors to ask them your biggest questions about board service. In addition, you will have the opportunity to attend one virtual half-day “Director Fundamentals Workshop” for a deep dive into the core duties of public company directors and key priorities for investors and regulators in the year ahead. Upon program completion, individuals will receive the Director Qualified credential from the American College of Corporate Directors (ACCD), which remains valid for 2 years after date of issue.

Director Qualified Credential

Since 2008, the American College of Corporate Directors credentials have represented the “gold standard” in corporate director education, and those executives who earn them are highly valued in the board community. The "Director Qualified" credential can only be earned by completing the Director Fundamentals Program. Current public company directors earn credentials by attending continuing education events.

Completing this program will help you:

What you will receive upon program completion:

Who is the program for?

This program is for experienced executives who have not yet served on a public company board.

What is required for completion?

The self-study program includes four online training courses that must be completed.

  • Courses typically take 30 to 60 minutes to complete
  • Each activity is a simulated situation that a director could encounter in the boardroom, creating the opportunity for the user to apply concepts learned to real boardroom issues

At the end of each training course, a certificate of completion becomes available for download. Participants will present their certificates as proof of completion prior to being issued the Director Qualified Credential.

Learning Path

Gain a thorough understanding of board roles and responsibilities, along with insights around current challenges and opportunities from veteran directors and industry experts.

Key Insights Learned:

  • Director duties and oversight responsibilities
  • Board structure and operations
  • Compliance and liabilities for boards
  • Boards and shareholder engagement
  • Disclosures and reporting
  • Understanding and navigating today’s risks
  • Director onboarding best practices

Module features the Director Fundamentals training course & guide, reports and a webinar recording.

Understand the relationship between the board + shareholders and regulators, in addition to oversight expectations to meet legal responsibilities and help your companies prosper.

Key Insights Learned:

  • Stakeholders’ short and long-term expectations
  • The role of regulators in your ESG conversations
  • Roadmap to approaching ESG in the boardroom
  • How to properly communicate ESG initiatives
  • ISS expectations for cybersecurity

Module features reports and event session video recordings.

Boards are tasked with issues that are highly complex and always evolving — learn how to build a competent board, be proactive in the onboarding stages and assess board performance to build stakeholder trust.

Key Insights Learned:

  • Responsibilities of the Nominating/Governance Committee
  • Overview of board and committee composition
  • Oversight of board function and evaluations
  • CEO and board succession planning
  • Best practices for onboarding new committee members
  • Overview of the board assessment process and disclosures
  • The board’s role in change management

Module features the Nominating/Governance Committee training course & guide and reports.

Discover how you and your board should effectively integrate human capital and executive pay strategies into your overarching plans to create long-term value, and how to properly communicate these delicate decisions to different stakeholders.

Key Insights Learned:

  • Compensation committee responsibilities and operations
  • The relationship between comp committees and HR
  • Developing peer groups for your executive pay program
  • Trends in director pay
  • Shareholder engagement around human capital
  • Director insights on the role in overseeing human capital
  • How governance of human capital and talent is shifting

Module features the Compensation Committee training course & guide, reports and event session video recordings.

There is no shortage of risks to scare directors. Build resilience by gaining a concrete understanding of potential risks, and how to properly prepare for and manage new or existing threats.

Key Insights Learned:

  • Audit committee responsibilities and operations
  • Oversight of financial reporting for audit committees
  • Oversight of internal and external auditors
  • Response readiness and preparing for a crisis
  • Director insights on digital transformation
  • CISOs advice on security measures boards should address
  • Technologies reshaping today’s businesses

Module features the Audit Committee Fundamentals training course & guide, reports and event session video recordings.


Corporate Board Member Institute will host a virtual Director Fundamentals workshop twice a year. Participants will have the opportunity to attend one of these workshops during the duration of their program.

Upcoming Workshop Date: January 19

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On the second Wednesday, every other month, Corporate Board Member Institute will invite current program participants to join a virtual Q&A roundtable with veteran directors.

Upcoming Dates: December 15, February 9, April 13, June 15

Self-study Program

Gain access to an exclusive suite of online resources to learn what it means to be a public company director.

Exclusive Events

Connect with other program participants and veteran directors.


Upon program completion, obtain your Director Qualified certification from ACCD.

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January 19 | 12 – 3 pm ET

Don’t miss your chance to attend this interactive workshop as part of your Director Fundamentals Program. Enroll today!